Why follow 99% of other photographers trying to get perfectly composed, exposed, shots with x mega-pixels and the latest lens blah blah - dull and generic! I want to make pictures that are unique, spontaneous and as free from my 'photographer's brain' (with all its constraints, cliches and stereotypes) as possible - its really difficult to let go and I don't manage it very often yet.
Also, I just love mechanical cameras!
To keep the cost of my habit down, I:
# Buy (& sell) old film cameras on eBay, charity, junk shops and Etsy ( www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ContraDigital ).
# Seek out cheap expired film and look for good deals on any B&W film. Also been experimenting with oddball films like ISO 0.8 microfiche or expired Russian film that comes in 36 exp lengths, but just rolled in foil, no cassette.
# Put 35 mm film in very old 120 and 127 cameras.
# Stand develop film at home in 1:100 Adox Adonal or RO9 One Shot. Then scan the negs on a crappy Reflecta x4plusScan.
# Cross process the expired colour films in B&W chemistry as above. End up with more grain than Windy Miller, but I'm quite liking it.
# Commit large scale bank fraud.
- cross process
- double exposure
- self portrait
- Canon EOS 10
- Contax G1
- Ensign Ranger
- Jessops Once Disposable Camera
- Konica Pop
- Minolta XG-M
- Minox 35 GT
- Pentax ME Super
- Pentax MV
- Pentax MX
- Sony phone
- Yashica Electro 35 GSN
- Zeiss Baby Ikonta 127, 1930's
- sony xperia
- Adox Silvermax 100
- Agfa APX 100
- Agfa Vista Plus 200
- Foma Fomapan 100
- Fomapan 100
- Fomapan 200
- Fomapan profiline creative 200
- Fuji Superia 200 (35mm)
- Fujicolor Superia X-Tra 400 (expired)
- Ilford FP4+ ISO 125
- Kentmere 100 B&W
- Kodak 2468 (direct positive microfilm)
- Kodak Kodacolor 200 Expired
- Perutz SC 100 (expired)
- Silberra PAN160
- Tasma Mikrat-900 (expired 1980's)
- kodak 400 tmax expired
- tasma 64 (expired)